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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (BBC)

By Caroline Gates-Shannon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

A classic tale of good vs. evil.

Movie NR 1988 171 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Not for young kids

I’m surprised at the age rating on this site. I thought it was way too violent and scary for young kids.
age 3+

Great family film

This BBC classic is a new favourite of my 2.5 and 4.5 year old. We watched it together first as a family as I was concerned it would be scary, but both the girls loved it. We tried to cover their eyes when the spooky demons are summoned by the white witch but as they are quite cartoony the girls thought is was funny and assured us they were brave enough to keep watching. Apart from the spooky factor which might be too much for more sensitive kids, this show is great and demonstrates good moral values (we are not religious) such as telling the truth, being kind to others, and showing responsibility for your actions. My 4 year old was angry that Edward had lied and upset Lucy and we were able to talk about the importance of supporting your friends and siblings. We enjoyed the magic and fantasy of it all. A beautiful family film.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (7 ):

This BBC adaptation of Lewis's story has stood the test of time; it's an enduring and engaging story with a moral. Despite some truly appalling special effects that might look a cheap by today's standards, the movie still brings to life the magical world of Narnia and the classic battle of good versus evil. The film is likely to appeal to a wide range of ages, but at nearly three hours long, parents might need to break the movie down into smaller chunks for younger viewers.

The Chronicles of Narnia is highly recommended for family viewing. Families who enjoy this version of the story will want to check out the big-budget version of the story, released in December 2005.

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